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Noelle Stevenson
Noelle Stevenson by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Born (1991-12-31) December 31, 1991 (age 29)[1][2]
Alma materMaryland Institute College of Art
OccupationCartoonist
Known for
Spouse(s)
(m. 2019)

Noelle Stevenson (born December 31, 1991) is an American cartoonist and animation producer. She is known for the fantasy comic Nimona and the comics series Lumberjanes, and has won an Eisner Award for both of them. She is also the creator, showrunner and executive producer of the animated television series She-Ra and the Princesses of Power.

Education

Stevenson attended the Maryland Institute College of Art.[4] During her junior year, she created her soon-to-be popular character Nimona as part of an assignment in one of her classes. In summer 2012, Stevenson began creating a webcomic around the character, and soon signed with a literary agent who found the webcomic online.[5] Nimona's adventurous story would later double as Stevenson's senior thesis in 2012.[4] In an interview with Paper Magazine, Stevenson stated that the ability to create comics on her own and create Nimona was what got her a "writing job in animation," bringing her into the animation world.[6]

Career

Comics and cartoons

While attending MICA, Stevenson gained fame as a fan artist, under the name "gingerhaze", for her "hipster Lord of the Rings" characters.[7] She also created cover art for Rainbow Rowell's novel Fangirl. In the summer of 2012, Stevenson interned at BOOM! Studios, a comic publishing house in Los Angeles. After her graduation from MICA in 2013, Stevenson returned to BOOM! to help develop, and eventually write, Lumberjanes.[8] Lumberjanes was recognized as Best New Series and Best Publication for Teens in the 2015 Eisner Awards.[9]

Besides Lumberjanes, Stevenson also gained fame as the creator of Nimona, a webcomic about a supervillain's shape-shifting sidekick. In 2012, soon after posting the first few installments of Nimona online, Stevenson signed with a literary agent who helped Stevenson sign with HarperCollins to publish Nimona as a graphic novel.[5] For her work on Nimona, Stevenson won Slate Magazine's 2012 Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Web Comic of the Year[10] and the 2016 Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album: Reprint.[5] Stevenson was also named a 2015 National Book Award Finalist for the graphic novel version of Nimona.[5]

Since 2015, she worked as a writer for Marvel Comics on the comics Thor Annual[11][12] and Runaways.[13]

Animation

Stevenson was part of the writing team of Disney's animated TV series Wander Over Yonder, beginning with Season 2 in 2015.[14]

Stevenson also served as creator and executive producer of DreamWorks Animation Television's rebooted She-Ra and the Princesses of Power animated television series on Netflix, the first season of which was released on 13 November 2018.[15] Its fifth and final season was released on May 15, 2020.[16]

Other work

Stevenson did freelance illustration for Random House, St. Martin's Press, and Label Magazine. She also worked with Ryan North on his Kickstarter-funded book To Be or Not to Be, a choose-your-own-adventure-book based on Shakespeare's Hamlet.[8]

Her autobiographical collection of drawings and journals, The Fire Never Goes Out, was published in March 2020. The New Yorker's review described it as "a memoir of sorts (...), a coming-out story, a love story, a tale of disorientingly rapid professional triumph, and a story about mental health and illness, showing the young artist figuring out what she must do—first to make art and then to get well."[17]

Personal life

Stevenson married fellow cartoonist Molly Ostertag in September 2019.[18] She identifies as non-binary and uses any personal pronouns.[19][20] In August 2020, Stevenson said in an interview that she is bipolar.[21] In November 2020, Stevenson published a comic[22] about her top surgery.[23]

On October 11, 2020, National Coming Out Day, Stevenson wrote and illustrated her coming out story for Oprah Magazine. She described her journey to self-acceptance and her "battle against the gender essentialism of her Evangelical upbringing".[24]

Bibliography

Graphic novels

  • Nimona (w/a, HarperCollins, 2015)

Graphic non-fiction

  • The Fire Never Goes Out: A Memoir in Pictures (w/a, HarperCollins, 2020)

BOOM! Studios

  • "The Sweater Bandit" (w/a, in Adventure Time with Fionna & Cake #1, January 2013, collected in Volume 1: Mathemagical Edition, tpb, 160 pages, 2013)
  • "Desert Treasure" (w/a, in Adventure Time 2013 Summer Special, July 2013)
  • Lumberjanes #1–17 (April 2014–August 2015)
    • Volume 1: Beware the Kitten Holy (collects #1–4, w, with Grace Ellis and Brooke Allen, tpb, 128 pages, 2015)
    • Volume 2: Friendship to the Max (collects #5–8, w, with Grace Ellis and Brooke Allen, tpb, 112 pages, 2015)
    • Volume 3: A Terrible Plan (collects #9–12, w, with Shannon Watters and Carolyn Nowak, tpb, 112 pages, 2016)
    • Volume 4: Out of Time (collects #14-17, w, with Shannon Watters and Brooke Allen, tpb, 112 pages, 2016)
    • Volume 5: Band Together (includes #13, w, with Shannon Watters and Brooke Allen, tpb, 116 pages, 2016)
  • Sleepy Hollow 4 #1–4 (4-issue limited series, backup stories, November 2014–January 2015)
    • Sleepy Hollow: Volume 1 (tpb, 112 pages, 2015) collects:
      • "Movie Night" (w/a, in #1, 2014)
      • "At the Fair" (w/a, in #2, 4, 2014)
      • "Shopping" (w/a, in #3, 2015)

Marvel Comics

  • Runaways vol. 4 #1–4 (4-issue limited series, August–November 2015)
    • Battleworld (tpb, 120 pages, 2015) collects:
      • "Doomed Youth" (w, with Sanford Greene, in #1–4, 2015)
  • "Thor" (w, with Marguerite Sauvage, in Thor Annual #1, April 2015, collected in Volume 2: Who Holds the Hammer?, hc, 136 pages, 2015)

DC Comics

  • "Wonder World" (a, with James Tynion IV, in Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #23–24, February 2015, collected in Volume 2, tpb, 144 pages, 2015)

Filmography

Title Year Credited as Role Notes
Writer Executive Producer Animation/Art
department
Bravest Warriors 2014 Yes No No
Wander Over Yonder 2015–2016 Yes No Yes background painter
Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure 2017 Yes No No
Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures 2017 Yes No No
DuckTales 2017 Yes No No
Critical Role 2017–2018 No No No Herself/Tova/Peter Pan web series, 4 episodes
Big Hero 6: The Series 2018 Yes No No
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power 2018–2020 Yes Yes No Spinnerella (voice) creator

Episodic writing credits

Title Season Episode Name Notes
Bravest Warriors 2 9 "The Dimension Garden"
Wander Over Yonder 2
2 a "The Big Day Story only
4 b The Axe" Story only
5 a "The Loose Screw Story only
b The It" Story only
6 a "The Cool Guy Story only
b The Catastrophe"
7 a "The Rager Story only
b The Good Bad Guy" Story only
8 "The Battle Royale" Story only
9 a "The Matchmaker Story only
b The New Toy" Story only
10 a "The Black Cube Story only
b The Eye on the Skullship" Story only
11 a "The Secret Planet
b The Bad Hatter" Story only
12 a "The Hole...Lotta Nuthin' Story only
b The Show Stopper" Story only
13 a "The Cartoon Story only
b The Bot"
14 a "The Family Reunion Story only
b The Rival"
15 "My Fair Hatey" Story only
16 a "The Legend Story only
b The Bad Neighbors" Story only
17 a "The Party Poopers Story only
b The Waste of Time" Story only
18 a "The Hot Shot Story only
b The Night Out"
19 a "The Search for Captain Tim Story only
b The Heebie Jeebies" Story only
20 a "The Sick Day
b The Sky Guy" Story only
21 a "The Robomechabotatron Story only
b The Flower" Story only
22 "The End of the Galaxy" Story only
Shorts 1 "The First Take
2 The Smile"
3 "The Killjoy
4 The Theme Song"
5 "The Bathroom Break
6 The Planetary Conqueror"
Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure 1 2 "Rapunzel's Enemy" Story only
Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures 2 4 "The Embersteel Blade"
DuckTales 1 1 "Woo-oo!" Story only
3 "The Impossible Summit of Mt. Neverrest!" Story only
Big Hero 6: The Series 1 5 "Food Fight"
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power 1 1 "The Sword" (Part 1)
2 "The Sword" (Part 2)
3 "Razz"
11 "Promise"
13 "The Battle of Bright Moon"
3 5 "Remember"
4 9 "Hero"
5 5 "Save the Cat"
13 "Heart" (Part 2)

Awards and nominations

Year Organization Award Category Work Result Ref.
2012 Center for Cartoon Studies / Slate Cartoonist Studio Prize Best Web Comic of the Year Nimona Won [10]
2015 SFWA Nebula Award Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy Nimona Nominated [25]
2015 San Diego Comic-Con Eisner Award Best New Series Lumberjanes Won
(with Shannon Waters, Grace Ellis, and Brooklyn A. Allen)
[26]
2015 San Diego Comic-Con Eisner Award Best Publication for Teens Lumberjanes Won
(with Shannon Waters, Grace Ellis, and Brooklyn A. Allen)
[26]
2015 San Diego Comic-Con Eisner Award Best Digital/Webcomic Nimona Nominated [27]
2015 National Book Foundation National Book Award Young People's Literature Nimona Finalist [28]
2016 Harvey Awards Executive Committee Harvey Award Best Original Graphic Publication for Young Readers Lumberjanes Won
(with Shannon Waters and Grace Ellis)
[29]
2016 GLAAD GLAAD Media Award Outstanding Comic Book Lumberjanes Won
(with Shannon Waters and Kat Leyh)
[30]
2016 San Diego Comic-Con Eisner Award Best Graphic Album: Reprint Nimona Won [26]

References

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  2. ^ Molly Ostertag [@MollyOstertag] (December 31, 2018). "Happy 27th birthday to my fiancée @Gingerhazing, who is my very favorite person!" (Tweet). Archived from the original on July 14, 2020. Retrieved May 10, 2020 – via Twitter.
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  18. ^ Molly Ostertag [@MollyOstertag] (September 23, 2019). "Thank you @mynameiskeely for officiating our wedding and surprising us with a mini D&D session, truly it was perfect" (Tweet). Archived from the original on September 23, 2020. Retrieved September 23, 2019 – via Twitter.
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